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>> mitchell: tonight, more fallout from the atf's fast and furious program, a key congressman questions whether the fbi is accounting for all the guns that were used to kill a federal agent. sharyl attkisson takes a look. a historic dedication ceremony on the national mall honoring the dream of martin luther king. susan mcginnis was there. also, is the boom in sports putting young knees at risk? bigad shaban the brand new findings. and the fight of his life. bill whitaker tells the story of boxer dewey bozellas journey from wrongful imprisonment to his moment of triumph. captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. there are new developments this sunday in the federal government's so-called fast and furious case. today a key member of congress
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told cbs news there may be an important piece of missing evidence in the investigation. and he had strong words for the attorney general of the united states. sharyl attkisson has been on this story since the beginning and joins us from washington with the latest. good evening. >> reporter: good evening, russ. this week the head of the house oversight committee plans to ask the fbi about discrepancies in the investigation into the murder of a federal agent. border patrol agent brian perry was gunned down near the mexican border last december. at least two assault rifles from atf's fast and furious case were found at the scene. fast and furious allowed thousands of weapons to be sold to suspected traffickers from mexican drug cartels, with the atf wanting to see where they ended up and, in the process, take down a major cartel. but the weapons surfaced in crimes on both sides of the border, including at agent terry's murder. the fbi has been investigating. a ballistics report turned over to congress mentions just two
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rifles, saying it could not be determined if one of them fired the bullet that killed terry. but today on "face the nation," republican congressman darryl issa told bob schieffer there is reason to ask whether there is a third missing weapon. >> when agents who were at brian terry's funeral made statements to his mother indicating there were three weapons, then you look and say, "was there a third weapon at the scene? were there additional people who escaped with weapons?" >> reporter: also in secret recordings obtained by cbs news, the lead atf case agent speaks to a gun dealer who cooperated with atf in selling weapons to suspects. they refer to a third weapon, supposedly recovered at the terry murder scene, an sks rifle. >> reporter: on the broader question of who knew what when in fast and furious, issa says he would like to re-question
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attorney general eric holder. >> are you saying the attorney general knew a whole lot more about this than he testified to when he came before the congress? >> he clearly knew more than he said when he said he only first heard of this program a few weeks before. >> reporter: we filed freedom of information requests twice, but the fbi has rejected them in their entirety, both times saying releasing any information about terry's murder could jeopardize their investigation, now entering its 11th month. russ? >> mitchell: sharyl attkisson in washington, thank you very much. nearly 50 years after his "i have a dream" speech helped change the world, dr. martin luther king, jr. today again made history on the national mall. this morning a memorial to dr. king and that dream he continues to inspire was officially dedicated. susan mcginnis was there. >> as i was walking i was feeling tears well up inside of me. >> reporter: paulette jones imaan joined tens of thousands today for the dedication for the
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martin luther king, jr. memorial on the national mall. dr. king is the first african- american to be honored here with a monument. the centerpiece features a 30 foot likeness of the civil rights leader. >> this is not just a celebration for african- americans, but for americans and citizens around this world. >> reporter: among those who worked alongside dr. king, georgia congressman john lewis. >> this one man, not only freed a people but he liberated a nation. >> reporter: president barack obama was six years old when king was assassinated in april, 1968, at the lorraine motel in memphis, tennessee. >> that is why we honor this man, because he had faith in us. and that is why he belongs on this mall, because he saw what we might become. that is why dr. king was so
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quintessentially american. the first dedication was delayed by hurricane irene, but the sun and the crowds were out in full force to celebrate the life of the man who offered hope to so many. >> free at least, free at last, thank god almighty we are free at last. >> it is so wonderful that we are able to move this country in a direction of freedom. >> reporter: a monument to a man who helped integrate the nation and, today, the national mall. susan mcginnis, cbs news, washington. >> mitchell: the worldwide have sad news from the world of sport, two time endie 500 winner and reigning champion dan wheldon of britain was killed in a race from las vegas today. >> reporter: dan wheldon died doing what he loved, racing cars. he was killed in this fiery 15 car wreck in the las vegas 300, the last race of
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the endie car season. wheldon's car number 77 was the second to go airborne, it flipped and smashed into a wall. many drivers said it was the worst crash they had ever seen. wheldon received emergency attention at the track then was airlifted to a local hospital. >> dan wheldon has passed away. our thoughts and prayers are with his family today. >> reporter: wheldon was married with two young sons. he won the sports's most prestigious race the indianapolis 500 twice. >> from a driving perspective, you know, the cars are so fast. when you have 400,000 spectators, it's phenomenal. you have that history. you have got a lot of tradition. >> reporter: with wheldon's death sunday's race was cancelled. the rest of the field drove a five lap tribute to him. only yesterday wheldon blogged as long as i can find some speed and keep up with the pack, i will do everything i can to put on a show. dan wheldon was 33. tony guida, cbs news, new york.
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>> mitchell: turning now to the economy. while u.s. manufacturing jobs are up by 2% last month, according to one industry survey, many of them require special skills. which is why the new recruits at one midwest factory are going back to school, as dean reynolds finds. >> reporter: inside this modern throwback to the industrial revolution, amid the roar of rolling steel, lies a possible solution to america's manufacturing dilemma. it's true that the number of steelworkers here in northwest indiana has shrunk over the decades, from 100,000 to about 10,000, but the industry did not die. this arcelor mittal steelworks in burns harbor, indiana, produces 10 to 12 million tons of steel a year with the help of two 12-hour shifts by highly skilled workers. >> that is not a dying industry. that's an industry that is very strong and sustainable and has great opportunity. >> reporter: indeed, the steel industry needs more workers. >> got to have skilled people. they have to have people that
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can have the skills to conquer today's challenges but also have the ability to be innovative in the next generation to come. >> reporter: the need is acute. because back in 2008, the average age of a steelworker at this company was between 52 and 59 years old. >> don't touch the metal. >> reporter: which brings us to the steelworker for the future program at i.b. tech and its group of 67 young students, prospective machinists, electricians or heavy equipment operators. >> my students, yes, they're very hungry. this is an opportunity. >> reporter: it's a golden opportunity. >> golden opportunity, yes. >> reporter: the program includes four semesters of classroom study plus 24 weeks of paid on-the-job training funded by arcelor-mittal in partnership with the united steelworkers union. the company reasoned that to stay afloat, it had to have a new trained generation of workers. >> we can make a decent wage with good benefits also. it's very lucrative profession. >> reporter: he went through the
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program and now works at the arcelor-mittal plant, making almost $20 an hour with full benefits. >> i could see myself working here about 40 years, 45 years. >> reporter: at i.b. tech kevin king, a married father of three, was unemployed for two years but thanks to this program he's now an aspiring mechanic. >> you get educated, you can do it. >> reporter: and there's a lesson here for american manufacturing at large. >> now let's go face the ground. >> reporter: if you train them they will work. dean reynolds, cbs news, east chicago, indiana. >> mitchell: later this sunday evening, the comeback bout of boxer dewey bozella. team sports taking a toll on young knees. and libyan civilians, taking the brunt of the battle for moammar qaddafi's hometown. those stories when the cbs news continues. continues. with arthritis pain. that's a coffee and two pills.
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>> mitchell: now turning overseas, first they targeted his regime, now his home. today in libya bulldozers began tearing down moammar qaddafi's compound in the suburbs of tripoli. officers say its the symbolic heart of qaddafi's regime. they plan to replace it with a park. exactly where the deposed leader is remains unknown. but he still has his supporters. and the city of surt under siege for weeks now, qaddafi diehards showed no signs of doing anything but fighting to the end. allen pizzey is there. >> reporter: the battle for surt has moved to a new phase. unable to storm the last bastion of qaddafi's loyalists, rebel forces are trying to flash the area into submission. because they kept shooting at each other, brigades from east and west are now taking turns attacking, using different weapons from different positions.
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the ebb and flow of the fighting follows no discernible pattern or logic, which means that any civilians trapped in there-- and there are believed to be several thousand-- must run risks if they wish to escape. 97-year-old massoud atiga is blind and deaf. his son mufta could have escaped from surt. >> my father needs care mufta says and there was nowhere to take him. so in an act that gives new meaning to family ties, the son stayed on in the middle of a war to be with his father to the end. and in the midst of total deprivation, the most elemental bond. misrene is just three weeks old. born under bombardment, she and her mother issa reach safety as rebels overran their neighborhood only to be seen as the enemy. try to imagine how it feels when all that is left of your life is in a cheap bag, pawed through by strange men looking for weapons.
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whatever they left behind, probably looks a lot like this. homes blasted to bits by shells and incessant gunfire, then trashed and even looted. the escapees from surt have been in a time warp. no electricity meant no news beyond the madness that rained down on them. but what they did know is too terrible for us to imagine. allen pizzey, cbs news, surt. it's bring your happiness to work day. ♪ campbell's microwavable soups, right where you work. in three minutes, the deliciousness that brings a smile to any monday. and soup has what you need at work, to work. make any place, your happy place. ♪ campbell's -- it's amazing what soup can do. i thought i was invincible.
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>> mitchell: the number of youngsters playing organized sports is exploding. so too are the number of sports related injuries. but should pain be a part of the game? here's bigad shaban. >> nice work, girls. >> reporter: amentee monerga is a proud soccer mom, but a cautious one. her 10-year-old daughter dakotah just started on the field last month, but putting any more time into sports beyond this once a week nontraveling league was out of the question. >> you get a knee injury when are you ten years old, it may be something you have to deal with the rest of your life. >> that was a hell of a hit. >> reporter: but among children a new study points to a dramatic increase in the number of sports related knee injuries.
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the children's hospital of philadelphia finding a more than 400% spike over the last decade. >> year-round sports has become very popular, and the more you participate in anything, it's going to increase your chances of injury. >> reporter: operations to repair a knee injury can require a lengthy recovery process and even disrupt a child's growth. that's because, in order to reconstruct a torn a.c.l., one of the major ligaments of the knee, doctors often drill into the bone through what is called a growth plate. and that plate is already developed in adults. but going through one in a child can stunt the size and shape of growing bones. for nine-year-old nina howland it's a risk worth taking, as she's on the field four days a week. >> i would never stop playing soccer. >> reporter: why's that? >> it's just really fun and sometimes like you get so addicted to it that you don't really care if you get hurt. >> reporter: but it is a constant thought for a weary soccer mom on the sidelines. >> i would not want my child to have an injury for no reason except we thought she should be
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in soccer. >> reporter: but orthopedists argue avoiding sports isn't the answer. instead they recommend children learn proper techniques to keep the stress off their bones. the solution for young athletes, doctors say, may be how they play the game. bigad shaban, cbs news, new york. >> members of our armed services are prepared to deal with virtually anything that comes up, except for starting over in civilian jobs once their tour of duty is up. and that's tonight's "sund cover": a program to train returning veterans for service on a different sort of front line. in the woods outside durango, colorado, these future firefighters are lighting their first controlled burn. >> putting fire on the ground right now today. how many people get to do if that in their daily lives? >> reporter: they are the veteran's conservation corps. former military men and women retraining for careers in wilderness protection. >> it's something stable i can do. and there's people i work with
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that i get along great with. >> reporter: but military service is not the only thing they have in common. >> i did not have a job when i came back. >> i was trying to find a job just like everybody else was. >> reporter: before coming here, almost all were unemployed. >> there is a lot of skill sets that veterans get in the military that don't necessarily translate into civilian skill sets. >> mitchell: kevin heiner directs the southwest conservation corps, which created the program along with a group called veteran's green jobs. >> it's very similar culture between fire culture and the military culture, and just the possibility of having a job coming back after you know, serving for many years. >> mitchell: nationwide more than 800,000 veterans are out of work. in september, the unemployment rate for young vets ages 20 to 24 was 35%, nearly four times the national average. >> the fight for a job was harder than anything i did overseas. >> mitchell: matt tindell, an iraq war veteran, was unemployed for nearly two years. >> we have the stigma of emotional issues and possible mental problems.
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i don't really know where that is coming from, but there is a sense of bias. >> mitchell: he eventually found a job insulating low-income homes, also through veteran's green jobs. >> yeah, it's hard work. but i mean at least we're doing something that's worth it, you know. we're helping out the community. we're helping out the whole country. >> mitchell: the goal is to give vets marketable job skills, from home insulation to backwoods conservation. after training for a year, army vet mike bremer landed a permanent position with the u.s. forest service. >> you lose your identity and when you leave the service, and it's hard to find another career that replaces some of that excitement and action. >> mitchell: bremer says conservation work has given him both a job and a new mission. and with more servicemen and women scheduled to come home from the wars in iraq and afghanistan, authorities are concerned the unemployment rate among vets may only go up. ahead this evening, the bout of his life.
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comeback stories. from the confines of a prison cell to the spotlight of a boxing ring, a determined man who never gave up finally had his chance at vindication last night. bill whitaker tells us how it turned out. >> reporter: when dewey bozella strode to the ring, it was a dream come true-- the professional boxing match he always wanted. but at 52, facing a man 22 years younger, it seemed an impossible dream. >> i think that this is something that god always wanted me to do. and i'm willing to give my all, my all. >> reporter: and he did, pounding 30-year-old larry hopkins to a unanimous decision victory-- a champion, just as he had dreamed. >> i just wanted to know how it felt like to be a pro. and it felt real strange. >> reporter: winning felt strange, because for most of his live bozella was the definition of a loser. born on the rough side of brooklyn, he saw his father beat his mother to death, lost two brothers to murder.
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at 18, bozella was accused, tried and convicted for the murder of a 92-year-old woman. he got 20 years to life in sing sing for a crime he maintained he did not commit. he was offered early release if only he would admit his crime. he refused. >> so i could have been out 19 years earlier, you know, but for what? i said i would rather die in prison than tell you i did it. so i had to learn how to take myself from a bad situation and make it a better situation. so i found my own peace through boxing. >> reporter: he became a prison champ. now disciplined, he earned two college degrees. boxing, he says... >> it was my freedom. >> reporter: eventually lawyers working pro bono won him a new trial, proved he was innocent. after 26 years, dewey bozella walked out of court a free man, then went to pursue his dream. he applied for a boxing license in august... >> and i failed. you know, i don't even get a chance to live out my dream? >> reporter: so he trained harder, won his license, and
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last night won his match. >> you truly are an inspiration to a lot of people. you are an inspiration to the president of the united states of america, who called him, wishing him luck. >> believe in your dream, believe in yourself. you know, don't let nobody tell you what you can't do. >> reporter: he says this is his first and last fight. dewey bozella stands undefeated. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitchell at the cbs broadcast center in new york. scott pelley will be here tomorrow. good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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explaining the use of deadly force. silicon valley royalty gather at stanford university tonight, to honor apple co-founder, steve jobs. and a moving tribute to raiders owner al davis... how the team and fans paid their respects at today's game. cbs 5 eyewitness news is next. good evening, i'm ann notarangelo. ,,,,

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